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Thursday, December 29th, 2011 at 12:30 pm  |  17 responses

Tracy McGrady on Dwight Howard: Mavericks the Best Option


T-Mac has been through the free agency whirlwind, and he advises Dwight Howard that playing for the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets isn’t nearly as appealing as it would be to hoop in Dallas (and to bring along Deron Williams with him.) From Yahoo! Sports: “McGrady was one of the originals who inspired franchises to clear salary-cap space, to partner with another All-Star, and few have lived the free-agent frenzy like him. Yes, McGrady knows of Howard requesting a trade to the New Jersey Nets to play with Deron Williams, but he doesn’t care about the Nets’ shiny new arena in Brooklyn, the Russian billionaire owner willing to spend and spend. For whatever it’s worth, T-Mac doesn’t see Howard and the Nets. ‘I can’t see him coming here,’ McGrady said. ‘If it’s just Dwight and D-Will, he’s better off just staying in Orlando. You want to go to a team that’s championship caliber, and just him and D-Will won’t get it done. There’s got to be other pieces around to make it look sweet.’ [...] If Howard goes elsewhere, so does Deron Williams, and, yes, general manager Billy King’s plan would come tumbling down. It’s a bold gamble, the highest risk-reward scenario in memory – the kind that unfolded with Orlando and the Chicago Bulls in the 2000 free-agent market for McGrady, Grant Hill and Tim Duncan. It’s so hard for players to visualize a different day for the Nets, a Brooklyn arena that still is under construction. And so much easier to make a case for the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks and an owner, Mark Cuban, who is fully engaged in the championship chase. After watching the Nets offer no resistance to the Hawks in a 106-70 dismantling Tuesday night, T-Mac’s vision of Howard’s future had been further validated in his own mind. ‘D-Will is from Dallas,’ McGrady said. ‘You’ve got Dirk Nowitzki there. They’re going to have [cap space] there. That looks sweet. Dirk. D-Will. And then you get Dwight Howard. That’s it, right there.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    In that, yeah I would love to make $30M less then I could have otherwise type of way.

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    haha, never mind the fact that T-Mac’s own team is pursuing Howard as well.

  • zero

    yeah do not go to the nets Dwight..

    The good thing is make D-will come to orlando rather than you go to the nets..

    Orlando loves D12 and if Dwill will come Orlando will rock like crazy..

  • R Jones

    who is t mac’s team now?

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    After reading that article, I didn’t come away from it feeling like T-Mac said Dallas was the most likely scenario, not necessarily the best option.
    McGrady sounded even more optimistic about a Howard to Chicago scenario in that article.
    As the original owner of a lifetime shoe deal with Adidas, a man with no championships, no glistening playoff legacy, McGrady rejects the idea that Howard ought to let his endorsement-earning power with the shoe company dictate anything about his desire to play for the Bulls.
    For Adidas, there’s far less of a return on Howard’s stardom to have him sharing the Chicago stage with the company’s biggest endorser, Derrick Rose.
    “You’re going to have other endorsements because you’re playing in a big-ass city like Chicago, and because you’re [bleeping] Dwight Howard,” McGrady said.
    And a Howard-Rose combination?
    “Hell yes, championship,” McGrady said. “Championship. There’s no doubt about it.”

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    @r jones hawks

  • ash

    That makes a lot of sense. D. Will did complain about talent around him so why would Howard go there

  • http://www.listerblister.blogspot.com rainman10

    T-mac is right

  • http://www.slamonline.com Tarzan Cooper

    I miss healthy tmac. Dude balled out, and in the playoffs, he just never had a good enough team.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ Co-sign. Except for that one year, I think it was ’05 against Dallas. They should have won that series. They beat Dallas twice IN Dallas, going up 2-0, before losing 4 straight after that. And for once they’d had a healthy Yao and a healthy T-Mac. No excuses that year.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Tarzan Cooper

    I agree teddy, they shouldve beat dallas that year. That was also the year cuban sent tapes to stern, then after those first two games, yao was called for all kinds of weak ish, mostly moving screens. Jvg was heated, got fined I believe.

  • MJE

    ^^^ I remember this, I was in attendance for game 2 in Dallas. I thought that was the year the Rockets would finally break through and make some noise in the West. Luckily for me and my Mavs I was wrong. The Rockets would actually won one more game forcing the series to go 7, with my Mavs blowing them out by 40 in the decisive game.

  • http://www.nba.com Gman

    Says the guys whos best option was to stay with the Raptors…. loser

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    Good one gman, dude was stuck behind vince at the raptors, moves home to orlando and blows up. So it was either play second fiddle to vc in canada or become superstar at home. hmmm i wonder what the best option was…fuken clown.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd16MTKpH5k ab40

    Chicago would have to give up noah, deng, asik and gibson and probably take back turkoglu. Should they want to do the trade this year. Which seams fair. He’s either gonna stay there and ride out his careeer with the magic or he’s gonna go to a bigger market.

  • gawe

    gman, learn the fact that tmac rather be playing at home (orlando). and the fact vince took the highlight. gman *facepalm. tmac is right, miss the healthy him

  • Timmy

    Tracy macgrady, l think is out of his f…king mind to tell any Howard or any b-ballplayer where will suit them or where they can win a championships.. T-Mac where u at today ??shame on you go and do what mates are doing…RETIRING…..

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